Monika Krajewska, mezzo-soprano
February - March
Moniuszko Bicentennial Gala
Songs and Arias by S. Moniuszko
Carnegie Hall, NYC
Bach B-minor Mass
Bardavon Opera House
Hudson Valley Symphony
Praised by New York Times for her “rich and strong tone that expresses not only beauty, but a luminous sense of peace with comfort”, mezzo-soprano Monika Krajewska is an accomplished and exceptionally versatile performance artist.
Winner of numerous vocal competitions, including the Giuseppe Verdi Prize at Palm Beach Opera Competition, Rosa Ponselle International Vocal Competition, MacAllister Award, Sembrich Kochanska Vocal Competition of New York, National Teachers Association Competition, and Amici Competition, Monika has sung with opera companies, orchestras and music festivals around the world performing under the batons of renowned conductors such as Alberto Zedda, Anton Coppola, Will Crutchfield, Anton Guadagno, Bruno Aprea and Keri-Lynn Willson. Her signature roles include Carmen (Carmen), Cenerentola (La Cenerentola), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Charlotte (Werther), Marina (Boris (Godunov), and Olga (Eugene Onegin).
She made her Carnegie Hall debut with Hartford Symphony as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and was subsequently invited back to sing in the program “Two Nations One Love”, performing music of F. Chopin and K. Szymanowski. This year she will be featured at Carnegie Hall as a soloist with “Skowronki” choir.
Educated in Europe and in the United States, Ms. Krajewska holds a M.M. degree from Yale University, B.M. degree from the University of Connecticut, and Doctoral Degree from the Paderewski Music Academy (Poland), as well as music diploma from the Liszt Conservatory of Music in Weimar (Germany).
She specializes in performing and lecturing on Jewish and Slavic Music. Her recent performances of Jewish Sacred Music received rave reviews in Germany and Poland. Her book on Jewish Music titled “Contemporary American Jewish Music and Its Practical Performance” was published in February 2014, and her doctoral dissertation on Jewish Music was nominated for the award of Cultural Ministry of Poland.
Ms. Krajewska gives master classes and recitals of Slavic Romances and Songs. Her recent performances include: Boston College, Indiana University, Central Connecticut State University, Wesleyan University, Brooklyn Center of Slavic Arts, Trinity College, Tunxis College, The Kosciuszko Foundation in New York and Washington, Ashkelon Music Festival (Israel), Hochheim (Germany), Music Conference at Gniessin Conservatory (Moscow) and Festival of Carols (Plockie Koledowanie, Poland).
As an educator, Ms. Krajewska taught voice classes for Yale University undergraduate students, and served as a lecturer and teacher at the Connecticut College. Additionally, she maintains a busy private voice studio.
She has released CD’s of “Russian Romances and Encores”, “Favorite Arias and Songs”, Christmas Songs and Lullabies “In Dulci Jubilo”, and recently “Jewish Cantorial Music”. She is the featured artist on the recording with Strings of Lodz and Vox Singers that will be released this summer.
In 2013 Monika was honored both by Connecticut Immigrant and Refugee Coalition and Polish-American Foundation for her outstanding contribution to the community of the State of Connecticut, and was named “The Immigrant of the Year 2013”.
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“...Krajewska, all wayward curls and gypsy attitude, brought the soaring lyricism to the title role of Carmen: passionate and cool, lovable and hateful...”
"...a special treat..." "...subtle and charming..." "...rich and strong...”
“...The star of the evening was mezzo-soprano Monika Krajewska.
From the first aria “Una Voce Poco Fa”, she reveled in her flair for coloratura and savoring phrasing...”
PHOTOS (click to see slideshow)
August 10- 17
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson
The Queen of Spades
May 26 - June 3
Recitals with Yelena Kurdina
Music of the Jewish Soul